Meditation Point #39

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Learning to live is learning to let go.
— Sogyal Rinpoche

This is true on many levels. There’s the old famous high school quote…’if you love something let it go’. But I don’t think that is what this quote is about. I think this is expressing the need to just relax, let go, and let life happen. To often we try to control life which typically just leads to more frustration. So relax and go with the flow…don’t worry be happy…and have a happy Monday!

Meditation Point #38

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That which man acquires by contemplation he should spend in love.
Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328 )

Meditation Point #37

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Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another’s appetite as to thine own.
Sir Richard Francis Burton

This expresses perhaps one of the foremost tenents of the Martial Arts, control of yourself. The movements of the Martial Arts require us to conquer our physical self thus allowing us to maintain perfect form. The teachings of the Martial Arts require us to conquer our emotions so that we control our environments effect upon us. The spirit of the Martial Arts requires us to conquer our ego so we gain the clarity necessary to be humble. While many physical arts exhibit shades of these requirements to my knowledge only the Martial Arts requires all. That isn’t to say the all Martial Artists strive for these tenets, especially the last!

Meditation Point #36

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Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.
— Howard Cutler.

Meditation Point #35

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One can travel this world and see nothing. To achieve inderstanding it is necessary not to see many things, but to look hard at what you do see.
Giorgio Morandi

Basically the real journey is within…all that is outward is a tool for our inner journey.

Meditation Point #34

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On the day you are born, you begin to die. Do not waste a single moment more.
— Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

This is not meant as a justification to rush through your life focused only on your goals or perceived purpose as many might take it. We’ve all met people like that, to busy for anyone. No this is really saying cherish each moment…stop and smell the roses. But most of all don’t waste you life on petty, meaningless things. Meaningless can mean different things to different people however that doesn’t mean you are correct! …what?! We like to fool ourselves, we like to wrap ourselves in the blanket of our ego so we can feel important that our life means something or so that we feel like part of something. News flash…no matter how good you are, you’re replaceable. Be true to yourself and start by improving life with a smile and a kind word, the rest will follow. And remember we don’t have to be ‘part of something’ to give life meaning…we are all part of something great already…life and the human race!

Meditation Point #33

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You are lost the instant you know what the result will be!
— Juan Gris.

This reminds me of one of my favorite movie scenes in The Replacements when they talk about quicksand. Slightly different twist but same meaning. It is similar to what I tell me students, if you think about walking down the stairs you will trip (disclaimer: trying this may result in serious of lethal injury, so do not! You have been warned!). Seriously thinking about walking will even trip you up, not walking in general but how you do it. It is a natural almost motor act and if you think about it it messes up the ‘natural’ flow. I know there is a much deeper Zen meaning here but I’m a practical guy and I don’t like to trip when I’m walking!! So the next time you know what the result will be (especially in the sparring ring)…STOP, look away and whatever you do don’t think!

Meditation Point #32

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Life is not about finding yourself,
Life is about creating yourself!
— Unknown

There is to much truth here to comment on…think about it!

Meditation Point #31

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If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.
— Yogi Berra

Meditation Point #30

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The real miracle is not to walk on water or thin air but to walk on the Earth!!
— Thich Nhat Hanh

How true this seems some days, more so each day!